Mental Health in Law Firms

Litigator Daniel Lukasik discusses ways in which law firms can create healthier environments to lesson stressors for lawyers in this article recently published by the Magazine of the Association of Legal Administrators. The article discusses how implementing family-friends firm policies, examining salary and bonus structures and emphasizing collegiality can go a long way in helping maintain the mental health of a firm’s attorneys. For example, Holland & Hart LLP has implemented a formal Partner Responsibility Committee, which works to create a supportive environment for its employees. The article also makes note that new lawyers would benefit greatly from such environments, as the transition from law school to firm life can often be stressful. Additionally, aging attorneys, among whom impairment issues can arise, would benefit from a more sensitive and supportive firm environment as they prepare for retirement.

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